Ibanez Guitars is a Japanese Musical instrument manufacturing company and is a subsidiary of Hoshino Gakki Co., Ltd. Hoshino Gakki established Ibanez Guitars, 63 years ago in the year 1957 in Nagoya, Japan. Till date, Ibanez Guitars have marketed more than 165 Bass guitar models,300 electric guitars and 130 acoustic guitars
In 1908 the Hoshino Gakki Company started as the Hoshino Shoten branch of musical instrument sales.
Hoshino Gakki planned in 1935 to design acoustic guitars in the Spanish style, first using the brand name” Ibanez Salvador “in memory of the Spanish luthier Salvador Ibáñez, and then proceeded with just “Ibanez”. In 1957 the modern era of Ibanez guitars rises again.
In the early years, Ibanez guitars had wild looking designs in the time period of late the 1950s till the 1960s which were manufacturedKisoSuzuki Violin, Guyatoneand their own Tama factory. In 1966, when the Tama factory ended producing guitars, Hoshino Gakki started making Ibanez guitars with the help of Teisco and FujiGen Gakki guitar factories, but after the shutdown of the Teisco String Instrument factory in 1969/1970, Hoshino Gakki left with no other option but to get help from FujiGen Gakki guitar factory to manufacture Ibanez guitars.
The lawsuit period of Ibanez Guitars started in 1960 when they copied Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker models. In that period Japanese guitar makers used to copy American guitar designs. After the so-called lawsuit period, Ibanez Guitars bounced back with the series of Iceman and Roadstar which were the original designs introduced by Ibanez Guitars.
The late 1980s and early 1990s period was the most crucial time period for the branding of Ibanez; as Hoshino Gakki’s bonding with American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer and 3 time Grammy Award winner and 15-time nominee Stevie Vaibenefited in the introduction of the Ibanez JEM and the Ibanez Universe models in the music industry.
Semi-acoustic, steel-stringed acoustic and nylon guitars were also manufactured under the roof of the Ibanez brand. Almost all of the Ibanez guitars were produced in the FujiGen guitar factory in Japan until the mid to late 1980s. Ibanez subsequently extended its product line in other Asian countries including Korea, China, and Indonesia.
The FujiGen guitar factory played a significant role in helping Ibanez Guitars as this plant also manufactured most of the Roland guitar synthesizers, including the Roland G-505, Ibanez Stratocaster style X-ING IMG-2010, and the twin-humbucker Roland G-202 (endorsed by Adrian Belew, Eric Clapton, Dean Brown, Christoforos Krokidis, Steve Howe, Yannis Spathas, Mike Rutherford, Andy Summers, Jeff Baxter, Neal Schon, and Steve Hackett) in the late 1990s.
Afterward, Hoshino Gakki bought a guitar and bass brand namely Cimar and Starfield. Several Ibanez and Greco guitars mimic the same functionality as many of the guitar designs were shared between Hoshino Gakki and Kanda Shokai in 1970. After sharing those designs the Ibanez versions were sold outside Japan and Greco versions were sold in Japan. Ibanez guitars were also sold in Japan as well after 1981.
From 1974 onwards Hoshino Gakki started producing their original Artist models. In 1975 they introduced a set-neck model. Ibanez Guitars launched a wide range of Artist range along with top-class quality original designs 1977 to match famous American designs.
The Ibanez Artist guitars were designed with the aim of providing ease while playing heavy metal or traditional rock. The Ibanez AR Guitar is a reissued series and originated from the 70s.
Ibanez models were debuted In the Summer National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show for 3 years in a row from 2005 to 2007. Model BWM1 in 2005, model 2670RE in 2006, and model AR5000RE was debuted in 2007.
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The Ibanez Artist (AR) are models that bring handcrafted high-quality musical instruments, the last of this chain is a version of a 1981 Ibanez AR5000 ornate vintage model. This Artist series AR5000RE solid body electric guitar models were introduced by Ibanez in 2007. The Artist AR5000RE Guitar is a very limited edition double-cutaway guitar with a production run of just 45 models which will be sold worldwide.
The Ibanez Artist AR5000RE Guitar features a solid mahogany body with a flamed maple top/ binding, 1 Super 58 (neck) and 1 Super 58 PAF (bridge) humbucker pickups with brass covers, designed in pre booster with 3-band EQ and on/off switch, 3-way pickup switch, 3 Tri Sound parallel tap switches and master volume and tone controls,3-pieces maple neck, ebony fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets, 24.75″ scale length, Gibraltar bridge, Quick Change II tailpiece, The 3 knobs in the top row controls EQ level, master volume, and master.
Ibanez EQ Tone System is consists of 3 smaller knobs in the bottom. They are placed at the bottom and are designed in center notched way to provide accurate plus or minus 15db of gain in three frequency bands: bass, mid and treble. EQ is consisting of 9-volt battery and the red LED indicates the power for active EQ. EQ system gets turned on or off with the help of lower toggle which is a bypass. The remaining 2 toggles are Tri Sound switches for bridge and neck pickup parallel/ coil split/ series switching.
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Body type: Solid body
Body material: Mahogany w AAA flamed maple top w/ binding
Neck joint: Set-in
Tailpiece: Quik Change Classic
Knob style: Sure-Grip
Hardware color: Gold
Neck type: AR Prestige
Neck material:3-piece maple
Scale length:628mm/ 24¾”
Fingerboard material: Ebony w/ binding
Fingerboard inlays: Abalone Vine
Frets Size: Medium jumbo
Pickup configuration: HH
Bridge pickup: Ibanez Super 58 (H)
Neck pickup:Ibanez Super 58 (H)
i. Master Volume
ii. Master Tone
iii. EQ knobs: 3 ±15 dB active (bass, mid, treble)
EQ tone: Bass, Middle, Treble
Front Pickup: Tri-sound
Rear Pickup: Tri-sound
EQ Switch: On/Off
This is antique violin finish guitar comes with hardshell and is very limited edition. This Ibanez Artist AR5000RE Guitar might sound expensive to most of us as it’s now available in the market with a price of $5,999, but the price totally worth purchasing the product as it provides high quality with the assurance of sustainability.